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mosaic by patricia terpstra
water color painting by jill everest fonner
wood carving by bette hartig
painting by cheryl gould
young girl reading
ballet dancers
fish sculpture by bill barr
visitors viewing art exhibit
water color painting by jill everest fonner
visitors at art attack 2013
print by cheryl gould
adult art students in class
girls enjoying time at artworks
summer camp students
painting by linda maneke
young dancer
artwork by linda maneke
ferris students art night
mosaic by patricia terpstra
summer mosaic camp
mosaic camp students
the journey by julie tilmann
pocket park mosaic project  in big rapids
art work by Julie tilmann
child enjoying a good book
intimate theater actors
tree frog enjoying the sun

Brothers on the Line – Documentary (2012)

Brothers on the LineFriday – November 7th at 7:00pm at Artworks
BROTHERS ON THE LINE, an acclaimed documentary, explores the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers, Walter, Roy and Victor. Their social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers, transformed a nation. Behind the dramatic headlines of picket line conflicts, assassination attempts, heated Senate hearings and inter-union power struggles, lies their stirring personal story.
A facilitated discussion sponsored by the Ferris State University Political Engagement Program will follow the film.

The Counterfeiters

counterfeitersArtworks Foreign Film Series
Saturday -November 8th at 7:00pm at the Big Rapids Community Library

The Counterfeiters – Drama (2007) German

The largest counterfeiting operation in history was set up by the Nazis in 1936. Hand-picked for their unique skills, a group of prisoners are forced to produce fake foreign currency. While some prisoners work to weaken Germany’s opponents, others refuse to use their skills for the Nazis.
Awarded the 2008 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. 98 Minutes- Rated R.

Holiday Cards


Order by November 10th in-person at The Painted Turtle or by phone (231) 796-2420.
Pick up early December.
$8.00 per package of 10
Choose blank cards or cards with the message
A midnight snow
Falls on the holly’s brow.
In the morning stillness
Sirius watches us
Wake to a new world
Click here to preview the cards.

The Way We Worked Setup

Thank you to the many volunteers who set up The Way We Worked exhibit that opens October 7th. Please join us for a reception and presentation, The Worst Jobs in American History, Friday, October 10th, 5:00-8:00pm. Click any picture to start the slideshow.

Exhibit your artwork at The Painted Turtle

Painted TurtleIf you are a Michigan-based artist, we want to hear from you!
The Painted Turtle is a gift shop located in historic downtown Big Rapids. We are housed within the Artworks building and feature art and gifts by more than 70 artists. The holiday season is our busiest time of year, and our customers are always looking for something fresh, new, and fun.

The Painted Turtle is interested in all mediums and we accept new exhibiting artists year-round. Continue reading

Midsummer Night’s Dream

In July, Artworks and Blue Lake presented a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by German students. Their host families loved posing with these young actors. What a marvelous night.
Click an image to view the slideshow.

Michigan Humanities Council Grant

michigan humanities council logoArtworks was awarded a grant by the Michigan Humanities Council to show “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution. “The Way We Worked” uses materials from the National Archives to show the history of work from about 1855 to 1990. We will supplement the exhibit with objects from our local work history. The exhibit starts October 4, 2014, and continues through the end of November, 2014.

MCACA Operational Support Grant

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs logoArtworks was awarded a $14,000 operational support grant by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This grant will help pay our daily costs of operations in 2014, such as staff salaries and utilities. The funds that otherwise have paid these expenses can be redirected to program or building enhancements. Watch our website for news!